Wolf to let schools bill become law, despite reservations


HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will let a sprawling schools bill become law without his signature, saying it has provisions he likes, but also provisions backed by lawmakers who he says prioritize making the jobs of teachers harder.

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Wolf’s office said Friday he likes a provision delaying the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement for another school year, until 2019-20.

He says he also likes provisions that expand opioid education in schools and end what’s called “lunch shaming” by requiring schools to provide a meal to a student who requests one.

Wolf, however, says he’s concerned a provision that requires teacher layoffs to be based primarily on performance evaluations, rather than seniority. Wolf vetoed a similar provision last year, saying a broader evaluation system should be used.

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The Republican-controlled Legislature passed it last month. Only four Democrats voted for it.